U.s. 'disappointed' At Abe's Yasukuni Visit

U.S. 'disappointed' at Abe's Yasukuni visitThe United States said Thursday it is "disappointed" that Abe has taken action that will "exacerbate tensions with Japan's neighbors," following the premier's visit to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine earlier in the day.

The United States "hopes that both Japan and its neighbors will find constructive ways to deal with sensitive issues from the past, to improve their relations and to promote cooperation in advancing our shared goals of regional peace and stability," the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said in a statement.

Japan is "a valued ally and friend," the statement said, adding the United States takes note of Abe's "expression of remorse for the past and his reaffirmation of Japan's commitment to peace."